Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Knot Of Auset

The Knot of Auset (or Buckle of Isis) is an amulet that sits alongside many curious Kemetic objects that we speculate about today. In Kemetic it is referred to as a "tyet". Much like the sign “nefer” (please see my post “beautiful") there is speculation about what it actually represents and its meaning.

 


Lady Auset is a Goddess of magick so her symbols carry great heka. I first came across this symbol when I was making a living reading the “Cartouche” deck. In this system, it represented growth with a sacrifice. (The inspiration for purchasing and becoming a reader of this deck came to me in a dream circa 1988; I will elaborate in later posts how this period in my life was tied up with a "UFO" experience that I had).



 
The symbol is said to represent the knots used to tie the garments of the Netjeru, a modified ankh, and the menstrual blood of the Goddess Herself. For this reason we find amulets made from carnelian, jasper and red glass.


I have made a tyet from FIMO and featured it here last year.



This post is my first "K" submission for the Pagan Blog Project


Thursday, 24 May 2012

Anpu And His Plinth

I was given this gorgeous statue of Anpu earlier this year by a friend - it was a late birthday present.


I have been making a plinth for Him to rest on, now situated in my primary workspace. I finished the hieroglyphs today.



Monday, 21 May 2012

Jeff Cullen

My two letter J posts are both about artists connected with Netjer that I have made acquaintance with over the internet. Both have made a difference to my artistic and spiritual life.  Last week I featured Joan Lansberry.

This week it is sculptor Jeff Cullen.

Words do little to capture the scope of Jeff's work. See for yourself:

Athena
Pomba Gira
Asterion
Dionysus

Dionysus rear
Cain
Eros
Pallas
Hekate
Cernunnos


There is a power and majesty to Jeff's work that I can only sum up as divinely inspired . . .

Lucifer Apollyon
Lucifer
Sacred heart of Lucifer
Sacred heart of Lucifer rear
Lucifer the Light Bearer
His work is so breathtaking that I wonder if the Gods Themselves created him for the purpose of creating Their images upon the earth at this time in history.

Jeff's talent is not restricted to scultpure - this is a painting of Lucifer

Jeff's modern interpretation of Netjer is what first got my attention. Specifically it was this statue of Set.


Magnificent Set!
Set in detail
Jeff's subsequent Kemetic sculptures have left me feeling a kind of kinship as I also explore modern conceptions of Netjer with my own art.
Anpu

Anpu detail

Ausar

Auset

Lord Heru

A most beautiful Sekhmet

Nebt-Ht

Nebt-Ht detail

Jeff's website is here.

His Facebook page is here.

Thank Netjer for Jeff Cullen!


The artist himself


This post is my second "J" for the Pagan Blog Project

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Joan Lansberry

My two letter J posts are both about artists connected with Netjer that I have made acquaintance with over the internet. Both have made a difference to my artistic and spiritual life.

This week:

Joan Lansberry
I came across Joan’s work through an internet search when I was looking for information about Set. I was really to hit pay dirt here as Joan has compiled one of the most thorough documents I have come across to date that centres on Set’s depiction through Ancient Egyptian history. Her constantly evolving and added to PDF is a veritable gold mine of information and images of Set that often included her own sketches and artwork.

In August of last year I featured this poem that she authored:

Set's Power

"I am that I am,
I exist,
I roar,
I AM!"
(Roaring loudly!)
Who can behold it and still live?
Who can know the power and remain unchanged?

Can you know it surging within you?

"I am that I am,"
(They stole that phrase from me!)

Going down into terror,
into the fiery furnaces of creation itself,
the anvil, the fire, the tempered steel,
terror awaits those who lack understanding.

This is not a one way exit.
Each departs to his own understanding.
Some carry a bit of the fire with them as they go.
Kissed by the flames,
they are changed and have a secret knowledge.

To their own creation, they may apply such as they are able.

JAL, 9-9-07


I also found her depictions of the Beautiful God appealing. I am sometimes critical about modern interpretations of Netjer, but love her expressions and downloaded a few images and used them on my desktop for ages. The image below is probably one of my favourites.


Joan’s Egyptian Inspired Art Gallery can be found here.

I believe that looking at Joan’s work inspired my dormant artistic abilities and in a way that I can not explain has been a part of the inspiration for me to paint again. The very first painting I did after many, many years having never lifted a brush was indeed of Set.

Joan’s work was the first to alert me to the Temple Of Set. Whilst I am not a member, I have found many, many inspirations and pathways since I began looking into this mystery school. I discovered the books of Don Webb, the works of Michael Aquino, and the KHPR radio station where I have found some interesting podcasts.

Joan’s art, writings, and insights about the Great Netjer Set have resonated with me in a deep way. I feel that she does indeed understand the Great One.

Joan’s blog and her Facebook posts portray a person in love with life and a deep understanding and respect of Netjer.

Joan is on my list of people I want to meet when I travel back to America again.

I thank Netjer for Joan Lansberry and her talent.


The artist herself!


Joan’s one stop collection of Set images can be found here.

Detail about her forthcoming book, Images of Set: Changing Impressions of a Multi-faceted God can be found here




Monday, 7 May 2012

Immortality – Of The Physical Kind Part 2

In Part 2 of my post on Immortality I look at the origins of interest in the topic and how it manifest in my life today. Part 1 can be found here.

A triptych of Catholic fascination
As a child, the one thing that was outstanding to me in the teachings of the Catholic Church was that Jesus resurrected. The fact that he ascended afterwards came a very close second.

I wondered over this when I was old enough to understand death, and am sure I bugged the nuns at school about it too. The raising of Lazarus from the dead by Jesus did not escape my attention either, and Mary’s assumption completed the triptych of fascination that I grew up trying to figure out.

The otherwise dreary and fun-stopping Catholic clergy made no mistake in emphasising that Jesus did not die, but “rose up to heaven”.  This stuck in me way, way after I shunned my Catholic upbringing and began looking along new avenues.
 
Early explorations
I began reading about "ascended masters”, primarily through the Theosophists, but also through channelled material.

I became fascinated with Ramtha and although I still can’t fathom to this day why he needs / wants to use a channel for communicating with us, still find his teachings pertinent, relevant, and very compelling. (Ramtha has just re-entered my life via a client who is close friends with the people associated with his chapter in Australia; I have told her to tell them that I want to see him in his REAL, ascended, physical form).

I came across a physical immortality group (that looked like they were evolving a religion at the time) called the “Eternal flame”. Now known as  People Unlimited , I hung with those guys for a while, but there was a lack of “how to” that ended up putting me off. The mystical element to physical immortality is a vital component I feel and they did not seem to acknowledge that one existed. Were they simply “wishing” death away? Was their take a form of “positive thinking” that would prevent the body aging and decaying and ultimately reposing? (I have not reacquainted myself with these guys in immediate times so they may have indeed – I am simply reporting how I found the group in the early 90’s).

The multi dimensional element and explanation of frequencies that I was looking for came through channelled ET entity Bashar via Daryl Anka and also the work of Lyssa Royal, and whilst physical immortality per se was not their “thing”, the picture they were painting was a lot more accommodating of the concept and made sense to me. Lazaris also had some interesting things to say on the topic.

Kemetic Soul Anatomy
By the time the Lion Path came round I was already researching the anatomy of the soul as understood by Ancient Egypt.

I had created a visualisation cassette that utilised the energy body of the Ka to help affect physical transformation and well being.

The more I explored the more I realised that modern psychology was naming “parts of the soul” that the Egyptians were already aware of. My conclusions in this area are not yet complete, but I suspect that what we call “mind”, “personality”, "ego” subconscious”, and “unconscious” may have Kemetic correlations.

I think that we as humanity operate various multiple parts of the soul for various functions and situations but ultimately, focusing them into one will lead us toward manifesting Netjerhood.

Most recently, I have become aware of “Flames” associated with various Netjeru and how these relate to us, our soul parts, and our evolution. I believe that ultimately all this leads to an incorruptible physical body.

Latest manifestations: Necromancy, Catholic Saints, and now
I have discovered more work by the mysterious Dr. Muses, found out via author Susan Shumsky about Catholic saints whose bodies whilst dead, have not corrupted (i.e. they remain in a state of non-decay after death) and look with interest into people that come forth with claims of understanding necromancy.

The body of Saint Joaquina de Vedruna in a glass coffin, found to be incorrupt by the Catholic Church. (b. April 16, 1783 – d. August 28, 1854). Source: Wikipedia

For my part currently, I do not look my age. People that knew me many years ago and have made my acquaintance again recently are a little taken aback. I feel that my meditation processes are part of the reason why, but I also eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle.

I also actively lie about my age: not using “die” or “death” as part of my vocab when referring to my body or self has helped immensely,

Because there is evidence of entropy everywhere, I consider physical immortality a diamond not readily apparent; the secret societies most likely know some of its secrets; the Egyptians knew too, I am certain of that.

As I continue further along this path, I would love to hear from anyone else with a similar mindset. I also am keen to see what you readers think about all this too.


One of my favourite films, "Immortal", saw the Netjeru Anpu and Bast return to earth in a pyramid spaceship to give Heru one last fling at freedom before incarcerating him forever



This post is my second "I" post for the Pagan Blog Project

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Immortality – Of The Physical Kind: Part 1

My life goal and life path is to keep my body from not aging, decaying, and dying: i.e. physical immortality.


 I do not believe that the body needs to die. When I have mentioned this in the past some folks have thought I am talking about a meditation or awareness state where consciousness continues after death.  That is not what I mean. I mean the body not corrupting and dying. I am talking a real “put-the-funeral-home –out-of-business-I-ain’t-dying” thing here.


I intend to remain in my physical body and keep it in a fresh, active, and fully operative state until such a time as I learn to master ascension, or translation, or dematerialization. This body is not going in to a coffin to become worm food, nor into the furnace to make dust.


In the same way that my recently discovered fellow seeker / traveller Drew Jacob has meeting the Gods Themselves as his ultimate goal, mine is - and has been for the larger part of my life - physical immortality.


But we all die, don’t we . . . ?
Not everyone that has lived on this earth died when they left, and in fact some could still be here in a very physical and present way. Susan Shumsky’s excellent book, “Ascension” explores this in greater detail. It is my goal to reach this state also.

Our consensus reality considers that death is part of the endless cycle of birth and rebirth, but I think there is evidence that this was not the case for everyone. The proof for my belief is stacked way out of my favour, so I have tended to very much keep my thoughts on this subject to myself. But I did promise back in my first post that this very topic would be broached!

Finding the path: The Lion Path
Much of my fascination around and with physical immortality has centred in Kemetic belief and understanding.

In the 1990’s I came across a book and system of “self generation for these times” called “The Lion Path” which had “You Can Take It With You” as a subtitle. I began the journey on November 7th 1990. (This was categorised as the -1 session where you “take your vow”; -1? The author / discoverer / pioneer of the system is also a mathematician so unusual numerical concepts are abound in the process).

This is the cover of a later edition of The Lion Path, which replaced the subtitle mentioned above with "The big picture"

I had already been trying to find a system or way to somehow actualise my feelings and theories about physical immortality (Part 2 will cover this) but this was the first that I had come across which focused on the concept with a shamanic process that went along with it.

I discovered the book in a now closed metaphysical bookstore in my hometown Adelaide when I visited there with my friend Jason. I had a dream about this and at time of writing this post can’t recall if said dream came before or after the event: Jason and I were wandering around a place that seemed old, but was well preserved, and featured much water either as flowing streams in a network of ponds or as a means of transport.

There was a massive lions head there and we looked inside and found Egyptian hieroglyphs etched on the inside of the mouth. I was unable to decipher them, but the dream itself was an omen relating to the Lion Path.


The book itself featured on its cover a statue of King Tutankhamun and a star emitting a ray into the statue forehead. This alone intrigued me, and I bought it then and there.

The book discussed the three paths available to the incarnating soul as interpreted from data found in tombs and manuscripts from Ancient Egypt:

  • The hippo path – where one expired upon death
  • The cow path – where one was reincarnated
  • The lion path of immortality and becoming one with the starry beings of heaven







The author, Musaios, was actually Charles Muses, a higher dimensional mathematician, academic, and human consciousness pioneer that was producing this very esoteric material under that pseudonym.

The process itself involved a period that spanned a number of years of aligning yourself at certain times with star powers and listening to sounds that are essentially frequencies that massage the brain and facilitate the opening of doors to higher consciousness. The goal is the birth of the immortal body, the Ka Djet.

I believe that we are born with all our soul bodies dormant within us (the next post discusses this concept in more detail) but activating them is the tricky part. The Lion Path addressed this. It would not surprise me if some of the pyramids were built specifically for this purpose.

Musaios had developed the system based on manuscripts from many Ancient Egyptian sources, as well as his great understanding of number and destiny.

Undertaking the process was no mean feat. It involved fasting on the days the sessions took place, making sure that you were not going to be distracted (so I ended up taking the days off work and often travelling in to the countryside and staying overnight in order to execute the process effectively for most of the sessions) and effectively treating the days that the sessions occurred as sacred. I stayed with the process right until the scheduled end of my round.

I was still keeping diaries at that stage of my life before dropping off from that practice, and they reveal varying feelings and states when approaching and undergoing the sessions. In an entry related to the Mars session I write that it was powerful and euphoric.

I can not say that I had spectacular shamanic experiences throughout the process, but did on occasion find signals that fortified in my mind what I was doing. These would take the form of seeing a sole falcon on one occasion, and a series of butterflies on another.

I did get confirmation from an oracle late in the process confirming that I was building a light body.

In subsequent years, I very much had a sense – and often a strong one – that I had access to higher dimensional soul bodies that were still germinating. I also think that various pivotal events in my life were generated from undertaking the process.


Part 2 explores the origins of my fascination with physical immortality, how it manifests in my life now, and how it relates to another life goal of mine: articulating soul anatomy.